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WHITEHALL – At the start of the wrestling season, Montague sophomore Chen Martinez had one goal in mind: “Get to state!”

Now, after a bit of revision, Martinez has a new goal. “Now I want to place.”

The young heavyweight, who lit up plenty of opponents this fall on Montague’s two-time state title team (he was a defensive tackle, of course), is now getting a chance to light up the 285-bracket as well, scoring district and regional titles the past two weekends. For Martinez, pulling off such a feat, at such a young age, may have as much to do with the wrestling mat as it does with the gridiron.

“Strength wise, football has really helped me improve as a wrestler,” Martinez explained. Unfortunately, the deep playoff run put in by the football team meant he got a late start to the wrestling season, causing him to miss the season’s first all-day invitational. A shot-putter on the track team as well, Martinez believes giving everything he has toward each sport has taught him to work hard, even if the chips are down. “That’s why I do the extra laps, all the hard work: To have it when I need it,” he said.

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